My kids are not breakfast eaters first thing in the morning but I've found that if I make bite-sized versions of some breakfast treats, they will eat them. As a result, these itty bitty cinnamon rolls were born.
I took a short cut and used frozen bread dough so it really didn't take long at all to be able to serve hot, fresh cinnamon rolls instead of another cold breakfast. I'll be honest and tell you that I made these rolls on a weekend morning --I did not get up before the birds on a school day to roll out bread dough. I know that there are plenty of you out there who do get up in the wee morning hours to prepare breakfasts every morning and I commend you for doing so but that's not me. I'm NOT a morning person, no matter how hard I try to be. Had I been making these for a school morning, I would've prepared the rolls ahead of time the night before, stopping right before cutting them into pieces, and then I would've wrapped the long roll up tightly in plastic wrap and stuck it in the refrigerator. Then all that would have to been done the next morning would be to cut and bake the little rolls. Even the glaze could be made ahead of time but it really doesn't take much effort to whip it up while the rolls are baking.
The rolls are best if eaten hot, right out of the oven. I had just a few left over from the batch that I made and even after storing them in a tightly sealed container, they turned sort of rubbery and hard.
So there you have it...a simple yet very satisfying breakfast treat for days when you think that you don't have time to eat anything.
Itty Bitty Cinnamon Rolls
1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
1/2 c. brown sugar
3 tbsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. butter, room temperature
The directions are pretty simple:
Thaw frozen bread.
Preheat oven to 350*. Lightly coat a mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
Roll out bread dough until flat and as close to a rectangle as possible - doesn't have to be perfect.
Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and then sprinkle all of it over the buttered dough.
Starting on the long end, roll up the log, tucking in the short end edges as you go along.
Slice the long log in half. Slice each half in half, giving you four mini logs. You should be able to cut 6-8 mini rolls from each of the 4 mini logs.
Lay each cinnamon roll into a mini muffin hole in the pan.
Bake for approx. 15 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown.
Remove the hot rolls to a cooling rack. Drizzle with glaze (recipe below), if desired. Aren't they just the cutest little things?!?
Glaze for Itty Bitty Cinnamon Rolls
1 c. powdered sugar
2 tbsp. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Stir all ingredients together until smooth. Generously drizzle the glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls.